Have you ever asked yourself what natural products actually are?
The shortest description of a natural product, according to Wikipedia, is:A chemical compound or substance produced by a living organism that is found in nature. In the broadest sense, natural products include any substance produced by life.
How simple is that, hey?
That then means that
natural products include a huge and very diverse group of substances from a
large variety of sources. They’re produced not only by plants but also by
bacteria, fungi, animals and marine organisms. The term natural also includes
complex extracts from these producers and also the isolated compounds derived
from those extracts, like vitamins and minerals for example.
Let’s talk about why we should choose natural products, not only for us but for our animal friends as well:
🌳 The skin absorbs what we put onto it.
Yes, obviously not all of
it, but about 60-70%. There’s also a difference between absorption and
penetration. Penetration is when a chemical makes it into the deeper layers of
the skin while absorption is when the chemical actually makes it into the bloodstream.
This percentage seems pretty high to me so to be safe it’s better to stick to
plant-based, natural products.
What about hand cream? You put cream on your hands and then you put food into your mouth with the same hand. You’d be safer with 100% natural Hand Butter. And your dog’s paws? Does he lick them after you put something onto them? Again, it’s safer with our Paw Butter. It’s not tasty (yes I’ve actually tried it 😂) but it’s not harmful.
🌳 Natural products help the environment.
What we choose to use on
ourselves and our dogs doesn’t only affect us but also the planet. Bear in
mind, I’m not only talking about the plastic tubs, jars, etc. here, but the
products that we put on our bodies also get washed off and find their way into
Let’s take silicone additives like dimethicone and others for example. They’re very often a part of skin and hair care products and they sit on the skin not allowing absorption of anything else. That’s not a bad thing, you may think… at least less nasty chemicals get into my skin, right? This ability to block absorption causes problems for aquatic animals as it is blocking their ability to take nutrients in topically. On top of this, because it’s not biodegradable it pollutes the environment twice – during manufacturing and after we used it! Where do you find it? In skincare and make-up as well as conditioners and de-tanglers where the dimethicone smoothens the hair and provides an easier comb through.
🌳 We’re exposed to so many chemicals already.
All of us, including our
animals, are exposed to so many chemicals already so why add more? Apparently,
an average woman, thanks to her beauty routine, is exposed to 100’s of
different chemicals every day. I don’t know about dogs but then think about
what’s in the shampoos and conditioners we use, the flea and tick treatments
like Frontline and the plug-ins like Adaptil. Why not start off with our Vita Canis Tick Off Spray, this coming
spring, to keep your dog free of pesky tick and fleas. It not only smells
wonderful but does the business and of course, is kind to the environment!
All of us would be so much better off if we could lower our exposure to these horrid chemicals wherever possible!